Sport: Toil v. Fun

Grindelwald is a storybook village in Switzerland, nestling on the side of towering, 12,000-ft. mountains. It. is Grindelwald's proud boast that it has one of the longest ski lifts in the world; people come from all over the world to enjoy it. Last week a six-woman Russian ski team arrived at Grindelwald for a warmup international meet before next month's world ski championships. They took one astonished look at the capitalistic contrivance and labeled Grindelwald's proud ski lift nothing but "mechanized amusement."

"Up by chair lift, down by force of gravity—what has that got to do with honest physical culture?" demanded Team...

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